It’s that time of year when knots are being tied, and many brides are slipping into strapless dresses. Yes, it’s wedding season!
I wore a strapless gown when El Hub made an honest woman out of me, which — wow! I can’t believe that was six years ago… It feels like yesterday! And I remember being a little nervous back then about baring so much skin.
If you’re planning a trip down the aisle and have your heart set on a strapless gown, consider these bridal beauty tips to get your arms, shoulders, neck and back in tip-top shape for the big day.
1. Glow on, exfoliate!
A gentle exfoliating scrub sloughs away dead skin cells, leaving you with a gorgeous full-body glow. I always keep a gentle scrub in my shower and use it every couple days. After rinsing, I like to follow it up with a rich moisturizer.
In a pinch, try mixing a small amount of granulated sugar with your shower gel.
No, really! It’s a cheap, pretty effective way to get your scrub on.
2. Remember residue removal
Got body acne (it’s no fun)? Removing hair conditioner residue from your shoulders, chest, neck and back may help reduce breakouts.
I used to wash my hair and bod, and then condition and rinse. Now, after conditioning and rinsing my hair, I twist it up into a bun, clip it in place, and wash my bod with a shower gel, taking care to remove any remaining conditioner residue on my skin.
3. Here comes the sun (screen), little darlin’
I’m not gonna nag. I know you’re really good about wearing sunscreen every day on your face, so this is just a gentle reminder to remember your neck, chest and arms.
Even if you don’t plan to spend the day outside, your skin still gets some sun through the windows in the car and at the office.
And if you haven’t looked lately, check the expiration dates on your sunscreens. They become less effective after they’ve expired.
4. shim·mer | verb \ˈshi-mər\ to shine with a soft tremulous or fitful light
On your wedding day, apply a shimmery highlighting lotion to your neck, shoulders and arms before you slip into your dress, and you’ll glow, glow, glow.
I like lotions with a hint of glimmer over products packed with glitter because I think they’re a little more elegant for the occasion, but hey, if you’re doing a Vegas-themed wedding, by all means, go for the glitter!
Brides on a budget, here’s a quick DIY version: apply a few drops of highlighter to your favorite body lotion.
Just in case, though, whichever route you choose, take it on a test run first with a white tank top well before the wedding to make sure it won’t leave any marks or stains.
5. Push ‘em up
Okay, so this isn’t technically a skincare tip, but I think it bears mentioning because it really helped boost my confidence in my strapless dress.
Push-ups. I’m serious! I did a ton of them over the months leading up to the wedding, and you know what? That tiny bit of extra muscle definition gave me and my spaghetti arms a big boost of confidence to rock that strapless dress.
I don’t naturally have a lot of upper body strength, and when I started doing them, I wasn’t strong enough to push myself up without my knees on the floor. Eventually, though, I was able to do them from the full plank position.
Next up: the one-handed variety! Yeah, right. Maybe by my 10-year anniversary.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,